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2022 Speaker Profile

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Lauren Peccoralo, MD, MPH

Lauren Peccoralo, MD, MPH, is the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Well-Being and Development and an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  In her well-being role, Dr. Peccoralo has developed a robust Faculty Well-being Program and curriculum with a network of over 30 Faculty Well-being Champions across MSHS departments and sites. 

In addition, she has developed a leadership workshop for leaders to gain skills and knowledge in showing appreciation for and coaching their team members.  She has also helped support efforts to improve workplace efficiency and in turn, professional fulfillment, via in-basket burden reduction efforts and a faculty electronic health record and clerical burden reduction ambulatory grant program. In her faculty development role, she aims to address the career development needs of junior faculty; create and collaborate on leadership development opportunities for faculty; enhance career advancement workshops; and create and promote mentorship programming.   

Prior to her work in her current role, Dr. Peccoralo co-founded and directed the Primary Care Track in Internal Medicine and founded and developed an integrated behavioral health - primary program in the Internal Medicine Associates practice.  She publishes and presents nationally on primary care workforce development, integration of behavioral and physical healthcare, innovations in medical education, and health care worker well-being and burnout.

Tuesday | 9:20 AM - 10:20 AM

Approaches to Building Individual and Organizational Resiliency in the Midst of Crisis

Moderator:  Jonathan Ripp, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Medical Education and Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Dean for Well-Being and Resilience and Chief Wellness Officer, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Kerri Palamara, MD, Director, Center for Physician Well-being, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Jonathan DePierro, Ph.D., Clinical and Research Director, Center for Stress, Resilience and Personal Growth, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Lauren Peccoralo, MD, MPH, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Well-being and Development, Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

It has become clear that building and supporting well-being in health care settings requires a multipronged approach including both system-level and individual-level interventions. Early data highlighted the pronounced psychosocial impact on frontline health care workers in the first peak of the COVID pandemic in April to May 2020, with one large-scale survey finding that 39% had positive screens for depression, anxiety, and/or posttraumatic stress disorder and that employees and trainees were not feeling safe at work and were suffering from significant moral distress. Therefore, it was imperative that healthcare institution leadership act swiftly to meet the needs of its staff, faculty, and trainees. Sustaining and meaningfully integrating these data-driven efforts, to include system-level interventions that enhance workplace efficiency and promote supportive cultures, while complementing individual supports and resources, is mission-critical to ensuring the health and well-being of health care institutions during and beyond the pandemic. Ensuring these programs endure and adapt to systems and individual needs through the COVID-19 recovery phase will facilitate post-traumatic growth for organizations and their employees.

This panel will open with a brief discussion of the needs of faculty, staff, and trainees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, as exemplified by 2 academic hospital systems, panelists will discuss a rational framework for a supportive response, comprising: 1) task force formation and needs assessment, 2) program design, implementation, and evaluation, and 3) strategic communication. Panelists will then highlight examples of coordinated structural and psychosocial supports for faculty, staff, and trainees provided during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic with deployed interventions such as highly utilized “recharge rooms,” basic needs provisions, leadership support, training and coaching programs, buddy programs, large-scale spiritual care support programs, listening sessions, and at one institution, the opening of a Center focused on supporting the resilience and mental health of their workforce. The latter 20 minutes will allow participants to ask panelists questions about challenges faced and strategies useful in their efforts to address needs during the COVID 19 pandemic.

  • Identify psychosocial needs and stressors of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic based on data from multiple cohort surveys

  • Describe the meaningful integration of system-, and individual-level interventions during the pandemic

  • Identify several efforts made by academic health care institutions to sustain innovations in workforce resilience during and beyond the pandemic

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